The holiday season has officially begun (at least in department stores and in my mind.) And I couldn’t be happier about it. I love decorating and baking, having friends over for parties and listening to Christmas music. Perhaps it’s a little early for that, but I did it today. I even kissed a toy soldier….just keepin’ it real.
But this year, the season will bring some pretty big challenges because part of the fun, for me, is baking cookies and cakes and making homemade hot chocolate to drink while sitting by the fire…and while I plan to do some of that this year, I know I need to make a game plan because holidays are not a good reason to gain weight.
I’d like to reach 75 pounds lost by New Year’s Eve, and I think it’s a realistic goal. But I’ll have to be earnest in my attempts to limit the sweet treats and decadent snacking while stepping up the exercise. On Thanksgiving Day, I plan to eat pie, but I also plan to exercise a bit more than usual that day. And the same goes for Christmas.
Over the last several months, I have learned that I can thoroughly enjoy vacations and holidays without sabotaging the work I do on other days by making smart choices. And one way I can do that is by bringing something healthy to Thanksgiving dinner even though I’m not hosting it.
I’ll bring this amazing pumpkin cream pie which is only 5.25 WW points per slice. You can make it even skinnier if you use Fat Free cream cheese, but the Reduced Fat is my favorite.
And I’ll also bring this squash casserole because it is only about 2 WW points per serving, and it is delicious and filling. My ‘neighbor’ down south (more accurately, my mom’s neighbor) make this during my last visit, and she included ground turkey in it to make it a main dish.
I will enjoy the turkey and stuffing and ham, and some of the other “must-have” dishes on the table. But after we eat, I’ll go for a walk through the neighborhood that we’ll be in because I’d rather feel light on my feet than feel myself falling into a food coma.
The holidays will definitely be filled with rich, decadent foods, but this season means so much more than that. And part of changing my habits means recognizing that I can take part and enjoy friends and family without eating everything in sight. Food is necessary for survival, but it is not the most important part of the upcoming holiday or the following holiday.